Things change, that’s a fact of life. How they change, and our reaction to change, will vary according to many factors. One of which is to what degree we are even aware of it. Obviously, if we are hardly aware of change, we can’t be expected to react to it, good or bad. That is a great tool for those who want to make changes but don’t relish the spotlight while doing so.
Gradual Change Leads to Tyranny
It may not be entirely valid but it seems that those who desire the least transparency may have the most devious designs. Did you just think of politicians? The government, in its many forms, along with its champions, within and without, is great at promotion. It hypes all the “good” it intends to do while being hazy on the details.
This reality explains why we have fallen so far from a truly free country, and how easily that has taken place. The changes that have taken place in our history have been gradual, with exceptions, but unremitting. The cumulative effect is drastic.
These changes have taken place in the government itself, it’s very structure; in the ever increasing degree of power it has taken to itself; and the extent to which we the people have allowed it to do so. Mostly with no real resistance. Sure, we may gripe on social media or talk shows, but, at the end of the day, how much do we really do to combat government tyranny?
One of the basic changes that has occurred, sometimes imperceptibly and sometimes more abruptly, is how far we have strayed from the original blueprint. Not only have we forgotten The Importance of Federalism, many of us don’t even have a clue what it is, or its significance.Citizens in every state should review their states' identification, data collection, and data retention policies. The privacy and liberty of all Americans are threatened by such increasingly widespread surveillance systems. Click To Tweet
Detailed National ID Report
We see the deleterious combination of government growth with the loss of our liberties and privacy with the new national ID systems in the works. We highlight here an incredibly comprehensive report that provides details on the policies at the federal level and the actions being taken by the states.
This Policy Analysis lays out an introduction to the many ways government collects data on us such as REAL ID, E-Verify, facial recognition and license plate scanning. It then explains how these various programs work. Lastly, it delves into a detailed account of the status of each state individually.
“Less well known are several other programs poised to produce the same results as a national ID without the requirement of an identity card or other formalities. These developments position states and the federal government to make once-ordinary behavior like driving on city streets and strolling the sidewalks of American towns into recordkeeping events for an overly attentive state. They compose what might be called the new national ID.
“This paper summarizes the stances of each of the 50 states on various ID systems, including REAL ID, E-Verify, facial recognition, and license-plate scanning. Together, those technologies—along with other initiatives orchestrated at the federal level—are the leading edge of a national identification and tracking infrastructure.
“Officials and citizens in every American state should review their states’ identification, data collection, and data retention policies. The privacy and liberty of all Americans are threatened by such increasingly widespread surveillance systems.”
You can read about this in more detail and download the entire report at The New National ID Systems.